Are women at greater risk for heart disease?

Dr. Michael W. Gen, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

The risk is equal for everyone because heart disease is so widespread. Focusing on women is important because we don’t want to miss it. Risk factors are very similar between men and women, and include high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Having a family history of heart disease puts you at high risk, and so does smoking.

After age 55, more than half of all deaths in women are caused by heart disease. And despite being thought of as a man's disease, more women die from heart disease than men. Women can protect themselves against heart disease by not smoking, eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise.

Dr. Leigh Vinocur, MD
Emergency Medicine Specialist

According the American Heart Association, heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases actually kill more women than men. Heart Disease is almost 10 times more deadly than breast cancer. In fact, heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined.

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